Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers


Defaming the Pro-Palestine Movement: Looking at the Public Commentary of Canada's Special Envoy Deborah Lyons

The paper analyzes the role and actions of Special Envoy Deborah Lyons, appointed by the Canadian government to combat antisemitism following 7 October. It highlights how her collaboration with Israeli officials and promotion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism work to suppress Palestinian perspectives and legitimate criticism of Israeli apartheid. The paper argues that Lyons' misrepresentation of pro-Palestinian activism and slogans as antisemitic underscore systemic issues of racism and bias within Canadian governance structures and, thus, advocates for her removal.  Access the full report here.   Continue reading

 

Position Paper: A Whole-of-Government Approach to Ending Canadian Involvement in Israeli Settlements

Earlier this year, a real estate tour called the “Great Israeli Real Estate Event” was held in Montreal and Toronto that included the sale of properties within settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Neve Daniel, Ma'aleh Adumim and Efrat. This amounts to the illegal and open sale of properties in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), in clear violation of international law, the Canadian Criminal Code, UN resolutions and international human rights and humanitarian law. However, the issue of Canadian trade with Israeli settlements goes much deeper than one event. It is time that Canada stopped ignoring these crimes. Israeli settlements are war crimes under Canadian law. To address this broader problem, CJPME urges a whole-of-government approach to ending Canadian involvement in Israel’s colonial war crimes through the below series of coordinated measures, which falls under the jurisdiction of various ministerial portfolios.

 

Addressing Canadian Complicity in the ongoing Nakba in Palestine

Submission from CJPME to MP Matthew Green’s Nakba Bill Initiative, authored by Lena El-Malak, PhD, LLM; Nadia Abu-Zahra, PhD; Michael Bueckert, PhD; and Alex Paterson, MA. The submission includes recommendations for how the Canadian government can acknowledge this historical injustice, as well as its own role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and take steps to combat Canadian complicity in ongoing Israeli policies of erasure, displacement and dispossession. Issued April 2024 Click here to download the full document as a PDF Continue reading

 

Combating Anti-Palestinian Racism and Antisemitism: An Intersectional Approach to Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy

This joint report provides recommendations to the Canadian government regarding the renewal of the federal Anti-Racism Strategy. It argues that Canada's strategy must address antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian racism together hand-in-hand using an intersectional framework. This is a joint submission from Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association (ACLA), Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), and Canadian Muslim Public Affairs Council (CMPAC). Issued May 2024 Click here to download the full report as a PDF Continue reading

 

Position Paper: Leveraging Canada's Arms Trade to End the Violence in Gaza

Israel’s devastating war on Gaza and the routine violence faced by Palestinians under military occupation have produced a catastrophic human toll, with UN experts warning of a “genocide in the making.” Canada cannot continue to export arms to Israel and maintain a close working relationship with the Israeli military so long as it is involved in egregious violations of international humanitarian law. In this Position Paper, CJPME argues that Canada must use its diplomatic and economic leverage vis-a-vis Israel’s defense and security establishment to bring an immediate end to the violence.

 

Position Paper: Canadian Diplomacy and Justice for Palestinians

For many years, the Canadian government has opposed all efforts by Palestinians to seek justice or relief in international forums. Canada’s diplomatic record is significantly tarnished by its one-sided support for Israel, which shields Israel from criticism and upholds impunity for violations of human rights international law. In this Position Paper, CJPME outlines a strategy for Canada that emphasizes the equitable application of international law and the need for accountability.

 

Anti-Palestinian Racism in Canada: CJPME's 2022 Report

This report highlights the widespread problem of anti-Palestinian racism (APR) in Canadian society, exposing more than 500 examples of this form of racism in online written content in 2022. The report argues that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism should be recognized as a key purveyor of APR, as it drives conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel, leading to unfair and defamatory attacks on Palestinians and their supporters. Issued December 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDF Continue reading

 

Annexing Palestine Through Trade: CIFTA and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This report evaluates the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) and its relationship to the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The report demonstrates that CIFTA treats the OPT as if it was already formally annexed by Israel, that Palestinians were never a partner or signatory to the agreement, and that Palestinians do not really benefit economically from it. The report concludes with recommendations for how Canada can support trade with Palestine without reinforcing Israel’s occupation and apartheid. Issued September 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDF Continue reading

 

Heartbreaking Disparity: Child Detainees in Canada vs. Israel

This report compares the treatment of Palestinian child detainees in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to both Jewish settler detainees that live in the same territory and Canadian child detainees. In doing so, this analysis exposes the disparity in the way that Palestinian children are treated, as part of Israel’s system of apartheid and state-sponsored violence. At the end, several recommendations for the Canadian government to take to protect the rights of Palestinian Children are provided. Issued June 14, 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDF Continue reading

 

Legitimizing Hate: Canadian Politicians Advertise on Racist Website

This report looks at the problem of political advertising on TheJ.ca, a Website which regularly publishes racist content. CJPME has found advertisements on this website on behalf of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and other politicians at the federal, provincial, and municipal level, as well as a variety of businesses and non-profits. The Website's content discredits Black civil rights movements, disability activists, Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians, and Indigenous claims, including articles claiming that some ethnic groups “matter more” than others. The report calls on these politicians to discontinue advertising on this website and issue formal statements distancing themselves from its abhorrent views. Click here to access the full report Please click here to view screenshots of political advertisements on TheJ.ca. Please click here to view screenshots of business and non-profit advertisements on TheJ.ca. Continue reading